About Bamboo

The Background

I’ve got to be honest and say I didn’t know that much about Bamboo fabric before I set out in this journey.  But what I did know was that I wanted to find a fabric that was soft, comfortable and practical.

I contemplated silk for a while; it’s really soft and comfortable to wear and whilst I love wearing my knitted silk roll neck, I don’t like hand washing it and it was pricey too!  I’ve always loved the look and feel of wool but even the finest wool blends irritate my skin so that didn’t fit the bill either.  My search for a fabric that offered all the qualities of silk but could be washed and did not cost the earth finally ended when I found bamboo!

Benefits to the Wearer

Fabulously Soft:  Bamboo fabric is superbly soft and feels like a combination of silk and cotton. Bamboo fibres lay flat making a very smooth texture fabric – our bamboo viscose jersey fabric is extremely silky. In some of our fabrics we have combined the bamboo fibres with brushed cotton to produce an ultra-soft fabric against the skin – look out for our cosy range.

Regulates body temperature:  Bamboo fabric helps regulate body temperature as it expands and contracts – it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We’ve developed a range of fabric knits/weaves and weights to suit different uses and seasons.

Moisture Wicking: Bamboo fabric is three to four times more absorbent than cotton, allowing it to wick and absorb perspiration away from the body, keeping you dry, comfortable and fresh all day long.  You’ll notice this when you hang it out on the line to dry; it will be heavier than an equivalent cotton garment as it’s able to hold more moisture.

Kind to Skin: The naturally smooth fibres of bamboo fabric lie flat against the skin, limiting skin irritation and sensitivity.  It has a gorgeous shine and feels very luxurious.

Anti-bacterial: Bamboo has anti-bacterial properties and is used in the healthcare industry. So if you’re being particularly active,  you needn’t worry about staying fresh!

UV Protection: Bamboo fabric offers UV protection and can cut out up to 97% of harmful UV rays. For this reason, it has become increasingly popular in warmer climates such as Australia, where skin cancer is prevalent.

Environmental Benefits

Prevents soil erosion: Bamboo can and does grow in poor quality soil, making it an easy crop to grow. Because it is a grass it is not cultivated each year but simply cut to the base which helps to prevent soil erosion.

Saves on water: Bamboo is able to grow with very little water and frequently requires no irrigation unlike Cotton.

Less pesticides: Bamboo has no natural pests which means that growing it has less impact on the environment with  very little use of toxic chemical and less run-off from pesticides.

Sustainable: Bamboo grows extremely quickly and is the fastest growing plant on the earth; it has been recorded growing over 100 cm in a 24 hours period.  This rate of growth and the fact that it can establish in hostile climates makes it very Sustainable.

Removes greenhouse gases: Studies have shown that the equivalent amount of bamboo takes in more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produces 35 percent more oxygen than trees.